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Banks coming together for new umbrella entity for retail payments

Our Bureau Mumbai | Updated on February 26, 2021

HDFC, Kotak Mahidra pick up stake in Ferbine

Two leading private sector lenders HDFC Bank and Kotak Mahindra Bank seem to be readying plans for a new pan-India umbrella entity (PUE) licence for retail payments.

HDFC Bank late on Thursday night said it has executed an agreement for subscribing to 4,995 equity shares of the face value of ₹10 each fully paid up issued by Ferbine Private Limited for a consideration of ₹10 per equity share.

“Post investment, bank will hold 9.99 per cent of the equity shareholding of Ferbine,” it said in a regulatory filing. The acquisition for cash consideration of ₹49,950 will be completed by February end, HDFC Bank said.

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Earlier in the evening, Kotak Mahindra Bank too had said it picked up 9.99 per cent stake in Ferbine.

Promoted by Tata Sons Private Ltd, Ferbine was incorporated on January 18, 2021, to make an application to RBI for the PUE licence.

“The main business of the company would be to operating a pan-India umbrella entity for retail payment systems, as would be allowed/licensed by RBI, subject to approval of the PUE application,” Kotak Mahindra Bank said in the filing.

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The acquisition in Febrine Private Limited by Kotak Mahindra Bank is likely to be completed on or prior to February 26, 2021.

“It may be noted that the Bank may participate in future capital raise by Ferbine,” the bank said.

RBI deadline

The announcement comes just ahead of the RBI deadline for accepting applications for umbrella entity for retail payments by February 26, 2021.

Earlier, So Hum Bharat Digital Payments had announced that it is in talks with private sector lender YES Bank for a 9.99 per cent equity investment and will work together on the proposed new umbrella entity.

Other banks, including State Bank of India, are also understood to be evaluating and applying to the RBI under the guidelines.

Published on February 26, 2021

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